Makeup Monday – October BoxyCharm

Marvelous Monday makeup mavens! I hope you all had a great weekend. What did you get into? I personally did not get into much. I spent a lot of time cleaning and watching Netflix. My husband was off being busy so I was left to my own devices. Sadly, those devices are rather boring. I am however, excited to share with you this month’s BoxyCharm items.

 The theme for this month is After Dark. I didn’t really get it as far as the items that were provided seemed to be more every day use.

Here’s what my October box held:

Dose of Colors – eyeshadow palette – Sassy Siennas – $32

Iconic London – Prep, Set, Glow – $29

Hank & Henry – Slick with It Mascara Duo – $19

Mellow – Tinted Brow Gel – Dark Brown – $16

Hollywood N Vine – Velvety Touch Smooth Kohl Eyeliner – $7

Total MSRP – $103

This may be the lowest value box I have ever received. Also I can tell you already that I’m a little disappointed in some of the items I have received. The Sassy Siennas colors are so outside of my color palette. I’m not really sure they are going to look good on me at all. Also the brow gel is way too dark. I am not even going to open it. I’m going to give it to a friend that can use it.

I’m most excited about the Iconic London – Prep Set Glow. I think it has a number of uses so I’m excited to try that.

I will keep you all posted as to the review of the individual items. Have a great week my makeup loves!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Movie Review – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Wonderful Wednesday my amazing reader friends!!!

I hope your week is going awesome! Mine has been a little weird. I have not been feeling well but I’m pushing through! I have been reading and watching a lot of movies lately as I have been on the treadmill a lot and well that’s what I do, other than walk of course, on the treadmill.

One of the movies I watched recently was today’s review!

First, let me say isn’s Lily James just the best? I just think she is absolutely adorable and a wonderful actress. I reviewed the book a few weeks ago and you all know I really loved it! Here is the review in case you missed it!

The movie is different then the book. I will be honest and tell you up front I liked the book better. The movie jumps into the story so quickly and the book really develops the relationships between the characters. I prefer the more in-depth look at all the relationships.

As a book lover, I have to say the idea of the story and a book bringing people together makes my heart happy! I am also a big history buff so a movie based on this time in history is fascinating. One thing that was easier to recognize in the movie quicker than the book was the chemistry between the main characters. In the book I imagined Dawsey older as a fatherly figure until the end. With the movie, Dawsey is presented as a handsome potential love interest.

I’m going to give this a 🍿🍿🍿🍿 out of 5. Only 4 because I felt the character development was a little rushed in the movie. The story is still true to itself but definitely a little lacking. Lily James is worth watching alone but it’s a good movie if you need a heartwarming afternoon.

Love and 🍿,

Becky

Makeup Monday Review – Dr. Brandt Hidro Biotic

Marvelous Monday Makeup Fans,

I have been going and going lately. It’s been so busy. I have, however, been using this product for the week.

This was one of the products that I was most excited about from my September BoxyCharm box. The smell is very mild. To me this is a similar smell to other gel type moisturizers.

You only need to use a very small amount for your entire face. It feels very soft and refreshing when I apply it. I will say when I wake up in the morning my face feels slightly sticky which is not a real big deal.

After using this product for about a week and a half I will say it’s a good moisturizer but I don’t really see any major difference in my face. I can’t justify spending $52 for this product. I am going to continue using it and I will update this post when the bottle is gone. For now I’m going to give this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ out of 5. It’s not bad but the cost is far too rich for me!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Book Review – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Wonderful Wednesday friends,

I haven’t done a book review in a while, so I thought it was time. I have done a lot of traveling for work lately and this has resulted in many books being read as well as many books being listened to via audio book. One of those books that I have to tell you all about is today’s review – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.

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Here is a summary provided by Amazon:

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Darkβ€”the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden deathβ€”offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classicβ€”one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

My review:

This story completely sucked me in from the very first second. This was one of those stories that I chose to listen to, and I can tell you I couldn’t stop listening. I was listening on the way to and from work. I was listening as I was cooking dinner. I was listening as I mowed the lawn. Needless to say, this book was amazing. Some of my favorite things were the fact that Michelle shares all of the story. She takes us on the journey of her investigation from day one. She doesn’t miss anything about the story. I appreciate that she really wants us to understand her passion for the investigation.

The story in itself is very compelling. I won’t lie friends, serial killers are fascinating. There is just something about understanding the mind of someone that has the capacity to commit such crimes. I think that Michelle was very honest about her addiction to this case. She recognized the obsession and she didn’t deny it. The way that she gained the trust of former investigators and others, just shows that her commitment was real. People can recognize someone that just wants the story and someone that actually cares about the story. I don’t want to give any spoilers about the story or quote any favorite lines. I will tell you this, if you are interested in True Crime at all and have not read this book yet, you need to. I will also say that Michelle was a force to be reckoned with and I am sure that not only her family but the world is less bright without her.

Listening to the story and how she puts forth her heart into the story, made me wish I knew her. I would have wanted to be her friend. I am also certain that I am definitely not cool enough to have held her attention for more than a minute. Here is my wish for all of my readers, let your curiosity thrive. Go forth and get the answers my friends. Never stop trying and if you have a dream, fight with all you got for it.

This story and this author get a πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šΒ out of 5. Read it friends or listen to it. The voice actor that reads the story does an excellent job of injecting Michelle’s emotion into the words. You are sucked in to the story like she is telling you directly about her journey.

Love and πŸ“š,

Becky

Entertainment Lately – Horse Races

Wonderful Wednesday my friends! I try to keep these Wednesday’s to book reviews or movie reviews. Today I am changing it up and just telling you about something we recently did and it was so very fun.

Yep we went to the horse races! We live near Kentucky and there is a track that has races for a little over a week a year.

My boys matched on accident. They are so stinking cute and they love each other. It’s pretty awesome watching them bond!

My horse didn’t win. Not a single race. But well it was a blast. Here’s some more pics and a selfie!

Here’s my suggestion to you…try something new. I’m sure you can find something in a town near you. It doesn’t take much effort and you could find a really great activity to do as a family!

Love and 🐎,

Becky

Makeup Monday – Steve Laurent Lip Pencil

Marvelous Monday all!

I am currently traveling for work so forgive me any typos in the blog this week! So much to do and never enough time. Am I right? I know, I know get to the makeup!

I think I mentioned when I got my Boxy Charm box that this was one of the items I was least excited about.

It’s not that I have anything against the brand. I have never actually tried the brand. I just moved away from lip pencils around 2000 unless I am wearing a red lip look and I’m worried about it bleeding through above my lips. So while I wasn’t excited, I did try it. Here’s proof:

Another funny story, I put my lips on after I get to work! What can I say, I like to kiss my husband so my look is never fully finished until I get to the office.

As you can see from the pic the pencils went on very smooth. The formula did not try out my lips. I’m not sure it really helped my lip look but it was ok to use.

The lip pencil is in my lip bag and it will stay there. I will continue to use it when I use nude shades.

I’m going to give this πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ out of 5. It’s a good product I just don’t use it often. Sorry I couldn’t give a better review friends. Next week we are going to talk about some fun shadows!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Makeup Monday Review – Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

Magnificent Monday my makeup addict friends!

This weekend I spent some great time with my family and got beat up in my Krav Maga classes. I was not ready to start the week I assure you! But as we all know, the show must go on!

Today we are talking about Becca Hydra-Mist.

This was part of my August BoxyCharm box. I read the reviews and they all talked about this “wet” feeling when you put the powder on. I was intrigued to say the least.

I don’t normally use an expensive finishing powder I use something inexpensive and don’t really have like a “go-to” product right now. Well, that has all changed! This is the most amazing powder I have ever used. It is so cooling and soft going on my face. It lasts for hours without the need for touch ups.

The price point on this is $39. I don’t think at that price I would be able to use it all the time as my daily powder but I could see using this for sure through the summer months. There are two different shades. The shade must have been on the box because the container does not have shade info. It is light however near translucent.

This was a pic after being outside on a very humid day. A little shine on my nose but overall my makeup stayed in place. I am giving this product πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ out of 5 for sure!

I am now on the hunt for a dupe also because that price point makes me a little sad!

I hope you all have an awesome week!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky